The snow comes at different times each year, but often the first flakes begin falling in November. What can you do to get your car ready before the cold season gets into full swing? Here are a few things to consider.
1. Change the oil
Generally speaking, you should change your car’s oil at least twice a year, in the summer and in the winter. But maintenance schedules vary from model to model. That’s why it’s a good idea to read the owner’s manual—you’ll find useful information inside.
2. Put on winter tires
Putting on winter tires isn’t just a necessity—it’s the law! Since the new mandatory snow tire law took effect, the tire market has become increasingly competitive. Research the various types of tires and check their pressure because it affects how quickly they wear out.
3. Make sure you have the tools you need
It goes without saying: visibility in extreme cold is crucial! That’s why you need to have the right tools to remove snow and ice from your car. Did you know that failure to properly remove the snow from your vehicle—including from the headlights and license plate—can cost you a fine of $100 to $200?
Make sure you always have a new container of windshield washer fluid with you. And check your wipers before winter, since damaged wipers are less effective. The magazine Protégez-Vous explains everything in its short video, how to change your car’s wipers (in French only ). Depending on the quality of the wipers, we recommend you buy new ones every year. Some wipers come equipped with a wear indicator to let you know when to change them.
4. Apply rust-proofing to the body of your car
Winter is hard and road salt can eat away at your car. That’s why maintenance is important. A good rust-proofing product can protect your car and preserve its value. Rust-proofing has a lot of advantages even if it can cause damage to your car. Remember that salt reduces the number of accidents and helps people save on gas thanks to better traction.
The best advice is to always reduce your speed and adapt your driving to the weather and road conditions. Winter is a tough season and cold weather increases the risk of accidents.